Police Scotland is warning East Renfrewshire communities over the risk of buying concert tickets on social media — after an investigation found people had paid for tickets which never showed up.

Chief Inspector Graeme Gallie, local area commander for East Renfrewshire, said a man had spent £50 on tickets in November after responding to an advert.

However, he added, these were “never received” and officers “uncovered several similar crimes committed by the same perpetrator”.

Chief Inspector Gallie reported a 17-year-old female was “identified” and “arrested for appearance at court”.

He said: “We continue to work with our partners to advise and warn our communities on the importance of how to manage security and privacy settings and to never share personal or financial information.”

Cllr Katie Pragnell, Labour, asked: “What advice would you give to residents who are considering purchasing tickets to events advertised on Facebook?”

The officer said: “My advice would always be to use a reputable site or agent to purchase tickets.

“I personally wouldn’t be purchasing anything from anybody advertising through a social media platform, we all know what the bonafide sites are for selling tickets and I would direct anybody to use them.”

A report to councillors added: “We recognise that social networking websites and apps are an important part of many people’s lives however, this can be used for harmful or criminal purposes.”

The update, on the third quarter of 2023/24, stated the economic crime and financial investigation unit has also seen “offences relating to downloading a Crypto platform after responding to adverts relating to investment opportunity on social media”.

It added: “These are complex investigations involving a number of specialist resources. During these protracted investigations, we maintain contact and provide support and advice to the victims.”